Goodwill worker leaks all the brands they will no longer sell in store

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‘Auctioning off used clothes they get donated is WILD’: Goodwill worker leaks all the brands they will no longer sell in-store

'we have always done this!!'


Melody Heald


Posted on Feb 5, 2024   Updated on Feb 14, 2024, 12:50 pm CST

Goodwill is a nonprofit organization that sells donated clothes and items. Some of these clothes can range from Forever 21 to Lululemon. A man unveiled a leaked list of brand-name clothes Goodwill will start auctioning off their online store.

The video featured TikTok user @mcharpymeal. Behind him was a list of brand-name clothes that would no longer be in stores, which he said he found on Reddit from a Goodwill employee. Instead, Goodwill would be auctioning off these items on their website. The list was divided into three tiers: $60 and above, better quality and best quality.

“So, the first tier is ‘send only if new with tag $60 or higher,’” the content creator said. “And it’s a lot of common brands that are not particularly high quality.” The list included Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, and Old Navy. “So, you will no longer be able to buy brand new Old Navy jackets or vests or anything with a $60 dollar or more price point,” he added.

Next was the middle tier which contained the “little more expensive items.” This list had Banana Republic, Torrid, Calvin Klein, Versace, and more.  Lastly, was the best quality items with designer name brands like Adidas, Nike, Kate Spade, and Levi.

“So, if you’re someone who likes to donate name brand or designer brand items to the thrift, thinking it’s gonna go to the less fortunate people, it’s going to go on,” @mcharpymeal stated. Instead, the content creator recommended donating to local thrift shops, consignment stores and shelters.

“This is another reason why I do not f*ck with Goodwill,” he concluded.

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The Daily Dot reached out to @mcharpymeal via Instagram direct message and TikTok comment and Goodwill via press email. The video has racked up over 825,000 views since Jan. 23, leaving viewers shocked.

“Goodwill doesn’t seem to have much goodwill,” one viewer wrote.

“That makes me so mad as a low income single parent who literally can only get these brands for my kids from thrifting,” a second remarked.

“Auctioning off used clothes they get donated is WIIILLDDDD,” a third commented.

@mcharpymeal responded in the comments section, “You guys, I know Goodwill has been auctioning for years. The difference is they’re now adding Fast Fashion brands into the mix, not just designer.”

In addition, others confirmed that Goodwill had been doing this for a while.

“As someone who worked at goodwill 6+ years ago… we have always done this!!” one user stated.

“I worked there 2 years ago and they were already doing this then. They have a room in the back where they keep all the high value items to post and sell on the website,” a second echoed.

Indeed, the retailer has been auctioning off items since its website launched in 1999. Twenty-five years and 128 stores later, Goodwill’s website has generated $1 billion. However, in 2020, the company began a blowout sale that had a “huge selection of authenticated famous label items” that were originally priced at $20 apiece. Over three years, Goodwill began raising its prices because of “the cost of operations — including rent, utilities and wages.”

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*First Published: Feb 5, 2024, 12:00 am CST